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Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, playwright, performer and lawyer. A Callaloo Fellow, she was longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship and recognised by Speaking Volumes as one of the Best British Writers of Colour. Her work has appeared in Brittle Paper, After Ferguson, and In Solidarity, an anthology by Mourning Glory, and is forthcoming from the Pittsburgh Poetry Review. Tolu is working on her first poetry collection.

 

Mariel Alonzo is a bisexual activist, currently studying Psychology at the Ateneo de Davao University (Mindanao, Philippines). She was recently a finalist in the Winter Tangerine Awards, Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, and Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Hawaii Review, AJAR, SAND, and other journals.

 

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Colin Bailes is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he received a nomination for the AWP Intro Journals Project and published poems in Cypress Dome. He was a semifinalist for the 2017 Adroit Prize for Poetry, and has had work appear in Rust + Moth. Originally from Orlando, Florida, he currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.

 

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Lesya Bazylewicz was a finalist for the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Allison Joseph Poetry Award, and her poetry has appeared in Drunken Boat, New South, and Salamander. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Baltimore where she studies English and Creative Writing in the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.

 

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Destiny O. Birdsong is a poet and essayist whose poems have either appeared in or are forthcoming from the Adroit Journal, the African American Review, the Indiana Review, Bettering American Poetry, and elsewhere. Her critical work recently appeared in the African American Review and the Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature. Destiny is a recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Jack Jones Literary Arts, and residencies from the Ragdale Foundation and the MacDowell Colony. She earned both her MFA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. Read more of her work at www.destinybirdsong.com.

 

Sage Calder Hahn grew up in rural Northwest Connecticut and currently lives in Boston. She recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University in Creative Writing and English, and currently works as a sex-educator in Brookline. Her writing has either been featured in or is forthcoming from Open Letters Monthly and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.

 

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Aline Dolinh is an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia. A National Student Poet emeritus and mentor in the 2015 Adroit Summer Mentorship Program, her passions beyond writing include cryptozoology and female-driven horror films. She tweets @alinedolinh.

 

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Lisa Favicchia is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Bowling Green State University, where she served as managing editor of Mid-American Review. Her work has appeared in Smeuse Poetry, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Wordpool Press, and is forthcoming from Rubbertop Review, the Airgonaut, and Adelaide Literary Magazine

 

Joseph Felkers is a high school senior from Grand Rapids, Michigan. His works appear in or are forthcoming from Juked, Rust + Moth, SOFTBLOW, and decomP, among others. His poetry has been recognized by Princeton University, as well as nominated for a Pushcart Prize. When he isn’t decaying, he can be found crying over cracked teeth and scooping ice cream on the side. 

 

Samantha Leigh Futhey currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Recently, she completed her MFA in the Creative Writing and Environment Program at Iowa State University. She has poetry published in Cider Press Review, Rhino Poetry, Superstition Review, and The Fourth River, and forthcoming from Alligator Juniper and Zone 3.

 

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Will Frazier lives in Brooklyn, where he is co-founder and coordinator of the Franklin Electric Reading Series. His writing appears in or is forthcoming from Washington Square ReviewKenyon Review OnlineNo Tokens, and Cosmonauts Avenue. He is a graduate of the Area Program in Poetry Writing at the University of Virginia. 

 

Matty Layne Glasgow is a poet and MFA candidate at Iowa State University. His queer lil ditties have appeared in or are forthcoming from the Collagist, Rattle, Cosmonaut's Avenue, the Blueshift Journal, Wildness, Rust + Moth, and elsewhere. His drag name is Sharon Stoned because he’s pretty basic and goes with his instincts on stage and in life.

 

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Hannah Goldstein is an experiential educator and full-time volunteer. She is a recent graduate of Colgate University, where she studied English and Political Science. Her work has been published in the Colgate Portfolio, and in the summer of 2015, she was selected for a poetry workshop and residency facilitated by Carolyn Forché through Writing Workshops in Greece. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

 

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Kinsale Hueston is a 2017 National Student Poet, and a senior in high school from Southern California. An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Kinsale’s work seeks to contemporize Native American culture and address modern issues facing her tribe. Kinsale is also the recipient of the Yale Young Native Storytellers Award for Spoken Word/Storytelling, and two National Scholastic Gold Medals for Poetry and Dramatic Script.

 

Cory Hutchinson-Reuss grew up in Arkansas and holds a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared in journals such as the Pinch, Drunken Boat, Four Way Review, Salamander, and Crazyhorse, as the recipient of 2016 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize for Poetry. She lives in Iowa City with her family.

 

Wayne Johns' poems have appeared in Best New Poets, New England Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Image, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, The Exclusion Zone, selected for the 2016 Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize and forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. A former Lambda Literary fellow, he currently serves on the editorial staff of Raleigh Review, and is an Assistant Editor at Indolent Books.

 

Christos Kalli, born in Larnaca, Cyprus, is currently studying for his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. His poetry has been translated into French and shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize, and his chapbook INT. NIGHT was a finalist for the Sutra Press Chapbook Contest. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from the American Journal of Poetry, the Adroit Journal, the Los Angeles Review, the minnesota review, PANK, Barely South Review, and Dunes Review, among others. Visit him at christoskalli.com.

 

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Dan Kraines teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology and City Tech. You can find his poems in the JournalPhantomTwo Peach, the Carolina Quarterly, Salamander, and Queen Mob's Tea House, among many other publications. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Poetry at the University of Rochester. In June, he was a resident at the Betsy Writer's Room in Miami.

 

Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. Her poems have appeared in Copper Nickel, the Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, the Missouri Review Online, and Vinyl. She is a 2017-19 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and is the recipient of the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, the inaugural Undocupoets fellowship, and a Poets House Emerging Poets fellowship.

 

Meghana Mysore is a sophomore at Yale University. She is a two-time National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Medalist for Poetry and Writing Portfolio, a finalist for Columbia College Chicago's Young Authors' Fiction Prize, and an Honorable Mention for the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest. Her work appears in Crack the Spine, Rogue Agent, Third Wednesday, the Yale Herald, and other journals.

Nkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, is a Callaloo fellow and a nominee for the Best of Net Anthology, the Independent Best American Poetry Anthology, and the Pushcart Prize. He was a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Award for Poetry, and his work can be found in PANK, Vinyl, No Token, and other publications. He lives in Harlem, New York.

Meghann Plunkett was the winner of the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize. She was also a finalist for North American Review’s 2017 Hearst Poetry Prize, as well as Narrative Magazine's 2016 30 Below Contest. Meghann is currently an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she was awarded the 2016 & 2017 Academy of American Poets College Prizes. Her poems appear  in or are forthcoming from Narrative Magazine, North American Review, Adroit Journal, The Paris-American, Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, decomP Magazine, and storySouth, among others.

 

Andy Powell is a Teaching Artist for DreamYard and for Cooper Union's Saturday Program. He has poems out or forthcoming from Winter Tangerine Review, the Rialto, SOFTBLOW, Jerry, PANK, and elsewhere. He took 3rd prize in Ambit's 2016 competition, selected by Sarah Howe.

 

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After taking a 40-year hiatus, Heidi Seaborn starting writing poetry in 2016. Her work has appeared in Timberline, Gravel, West Trade Review, American Journal of Poetry, and Nimrod International Journal, as a semi-finalist for the 2017 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Her work has also appeared in five anthologies, as the political pamphlet Body Politic (Mount Analogue Press), on a Seattle bus, and in the forthcoming chapbook Finding My Way Home (Finishing Line Press). She lives in Seattle.

 

Shakthi Shrima's work has appeared in or is forthcoming from BOAAT, Muzzle Magazine, and DIALOGIST, among others. Shakthi Shrima is forthcoming at the local Wawa at 4am.

 

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Parisa Thepmankorn is a student at Brown University from New Jersey. The winner of the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine, she has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Hobart, Words Dance, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Best Teen Writing of 2016, among others. 

 

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Emily Tian is a high school junior from Rockville, Maryland. Her work has previously been honored by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Gigantic Sequins, and John Hopkins University, among others.

 

Shelley Whitaker is a graduate of Hollins University, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize and a nomination for the AWP Intro Journals Project. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Adroit Prize for Poetry, selected by Garth Greenwell. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming at Punchnel'sVerse DailyNinth Letter Online, and poets.org. 

 

Jim Whiteside is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow, and has been awarded a Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His recent poems have appeared in such journals as the Southern Review, the Indiana Review, the Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, and Salt Hill, as winner of the Philip Booth Poetry Prize. Originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, he works as a barista in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

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Alex C. Zhang is a current undergraduate student at Columbia University from Portage, Michigan. His work has been featured in or is forthcoming from Southern Indiana Review, Rust + Moth, Blueshift Journal, Adroit Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing, Best Teen Writing of 2016, and other publications.